Many Sanford residents aren’t aware of the rich history in the Goldsboro community, or even that Goldsboro was it’s own city before Mayor Forrest Lake’s shenanigans in Tallahassee back in 1911 nullified Goldsboro’s city charter, allowing the city of Sanford to annex – some would say take – the community.

A group of volunteers led by Courtney Lanier are literally uncovering Sanford history while making the community better.

Lanier’s group, New Sanford Initiative (Facebook), is removing years of overgrown bushes, trees and weeds at Page-Jackson Cemetery, Sanford’s first black cemetery. Most of the 21-acre cemetery is maintained by the city of Sanford, but 6 acres lie in unincorporated Seminole County. Gravesites in that portion of the cemetery were maintained by churches and fraternal organizations that no longer exist, and the area is severely overgrown.

Sanford City Commissioners approved $1 million in funding to upgrade Coastline Park in Goldsboro in an effort to establish it as one of the premier parks in Sanford.

Located at West 9th Street and South Popular Avenue, the park sits on the site of the old Seaboard Coastline railroad station. As a nod to the site’s history, the renovations at Coastline Park will have a railroad theme.